I remember my early make-up venture days. I was so enticed with a lot of Michelle Phan's smokey eye-looks, I always try to wear some of them whenever I can. Inexperience coupled with cheap cosmetics only resulted to disastrous make-up looks. Some of them are still in the earlier archives of this blog. I probably should have deleted them already, but they remind me how blogging can indeed help one improve in a hobby.
Low-quality eye-shadows are a thing of a past now. But the memory of them makes me happy and grateful whenever I discover a good eye-shadow palette.
Gosh Smokey Eyes Palette 03 Plum
"The eye shadows in this smokey eyes palette has an amazing pay-off and very strong colour intensity. They have a slight shiny surface that looks beautiful when mixing the colours and it is possible to use the lighter colours as a highlight in the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone directly under the eye brow. Inside the palette there is a guide to create the most amazing smokey eyes."
- Strong colour intensity
- With a guide to make Smokey Eyes inside the lid
- Easy to apply
This palette is consist of four eye-shadows housed in a plastic square case. The cover is transparent so I can see the colors inside. I like that instead of the usual lid that most eye shadow palette has, this one is magnetic. I worried that this means it might open accidentally anytime when inside my bag, but so far, it hasn't yet. It closes with a nice snapping sound and it stays put until I myself open it.
It doesn't come with a brush, which I like because I rarely encounter a free brush that I actually use anyway. And I think they just take up space.
It also comes with a guide on how to apply the eye-shadow for that smokey-eye look. It's not really necessary, but it's a nice addition.
#1 is a cool-toned white that is a highlight.
#2 is a creamy light plum with a golden sheen
#3 is a pale taupe with purple undertones
#4 is a deep plum
All four has very very fine shimmers. #1 has the least and is hardly visible. #2 has the most shimmers I think. It makes the color more interesting and it looks different depending on the amount of light. As #4 is the darkest, it's also a little sparkly.
The sparkles and shimmers however are very fine and doesn't transfer easily.
Texture and Smell
The eye-shadows are finely-milled. I just love the texture. They are also very easy to apply and easy to blend. Considering that this is a smokey-eye palette, there's very minimal fall-outs.
Without primer, they last about 4 hours on my oily lids. With make-up base, they last about 7 hours.
While #4 is a pretty opaque color, the rest of the palette are sheer. You can't achieve a dark, sultry smokey-eyes with these colors unless you use other darker eye-shadows. I find that it's great for achieving soft and wearable smokey-eyes though.
And that's what I love love love about this palette. It allows me to achieve subtle smokey-eyes that are perfect for simple occasions.
Boyfriend-Approved Romantic Look
Not all romantic looks are boyfriend-approved.
So for that special date, set aside the huge circle lenses, thick eye-liner and dark eye-shadows and give them a break. Instead of looking sexy or girly, you'd want to look like a lady.
Here's how I would do my make-up in preparation for a romantic date:
I opted for a BB Cream with medium coverage so it still looks natural.
Eyebrows are neither too thick or thin.
I applied a pink lip tint first before applying lipstick. This is so i'll still have a bit of lip color left once my lipstick start fading while eating.
Now for the eyes:
Gosh Smokey Eyes Palette's guide comes in handy.
Because I wanted a soft look, I skipped eyeliner and just used mascara alone.
Instead of using powder blush, I used a cheek tint instead.
I normally don't like contouring my nose. But this time I did a very subtle contouring using my Elf Bronzer.
I also used #1 to highlight the bridge of my nose.
And here's the final look:
In this look, everything is subdued and soft. Smokey-eyes aren't too dark and there are no harsh lines. Pink lipstick isn't loud and contouring and highlighting is very minimal.
Over-all, I think it lends me a more matured and dare I say, lady-like appearance.
Celeteque BB Cream(review coming up)
Gosh Catchy Eyes Mascara(review coming up)
Gosh Smokey Eyes Palette 03 Plum
With hair down:
I like this look better with hair down.
This palette comes in 4 different sets
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Some items in this post were sponsored for review purposes. However these are my honest opinions, as always.